Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies

Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE signed an executive order on Thursday designed to boost the environmental performance of federal agencies. 

The order mandates that federal agencies reduce the overall energy consumption of their buildings, implement waste prevention and recycling measures and reduce water consumption, among other measures.

"Were going to run government smoothly, efficiently, and on behalf of the very hardworking taxpayers — something that the taxpayers haven't seen in a long time," Trump said in a statement. 

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The measure aims to curb federal spending on energy and waters at its more than 350,000 buildings across the country. Last year, federal agencies spent more than $6 billion on energy for buildings and $635 million on water, the White House said. 

The measure also orders federal agencies to meet statutory requirements related to renewable energy and electricity. 

The order charges Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueUSDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency The Hill's Morning Report - How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? USDA office move may have broken law, watchdog says MORE, Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe credible case for Texas and its clean energy solutions Oversight: Trump confidant Tom Barrack pushed for Saudi nuclear plant construction Amazon taps Trump ally to lobby amid Pentagon cloud-computing contract fight MORE, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEnvironmentalists renew bid to overturn EPA policy barring scientists from advisory panels Six states sue EPA over pesticide tied to brain damage Overnight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules MORE, as well as the Council on Environmental Quality, to develop guidance and a timeline for federal agencies to implement the policies.